Studio in a School was launched in the late 1970s, when a financial crisis drastically cut budgets dedicated to arts education in New York City’s public schools. The organisation has since been dedicated to stimulate the creative spirit and artistic skills of students from all five boroughs of New York City, with little artists-to-be ranging from preschoolers to 12th graders.
From art classes in three public schools at the beginning of the program, Studio in a School has grown to engage more than one million students through partnerships with nearly 1,000 public schools, community-based organisations and cultural institutions nationwide. While the school year has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation is now partnering with Christie’s to move its annual presentation of students’ works into the digital realm. “Littlest Learners” is currently on view through July 10 in the auction house’s digital galleries, as the physical presentation of the exhibition at Studio in a School’s Gallery at One East 53rd Street in Manhattan has been cancelled.
“As physical gatherings have been put on pause, the Christie’s and Studio teams re-imagined the event to provide these children with the opportunity to celebrate and share the creations that bring them immense pride and happiness,” Marc Porter, Chairman for Christie’s Americas, said in a statement. “Littlest Learners” is on view at a time when educators and cultural institutions are finding new ways to engage with young people still on lockdown in the digital realm.
The Guggenheim Museum launched in April its interactive “Family Tours at Home” on select Saturdays through December 13, with the aim of “connect[ing] with family members near and far through art, and explor[ing] the museum together from home.” Last May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held a day-long online festival, dubbed “Virtual Teens Take The Met!,” during which art lovers between 13 and 18 years old were offered a variety of activities like art-making as well as writing and poetry prompts.
Meanwhile, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and Broadway Housing Communities will commemorate the anniversary of the Silent Protest Parade of 1917 with the virtual “Children’s Art Exhibition for Justice.” The event, which will take place on July 28, will showcase works by children, spoken-word pieces as well as art collaborations between preteens, teenagers and the Dominican American artist Dionis Ortiz.
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